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DINA3 CROSS. Picture Post Cards of Cwmyreglwys, show- ing the place and sea, also the old church on the shore and cottages the Gwauu Valley Newport (Pern ) bay, Newport Church, and other local views on sale at the Echo" Offices. Price, 7 Cards for C I (post free, 7d). Honoured- — Mr J D Thomas, son ot the late Capt B Thomas, B vlchmawr, con- ductad the Male Voice Party which sang on board the Royal Yacht at Swansea, last evening ( y" ednesday). Sea Notes.—Mr Johnny Walters, chief officer of the barque \Vindru5h" arrived at Q leenstowu this week. Visitors.—Mr T Maurice, youngest son of the Rev J W Maurice, and master of New- bridge School, is ou his holidays at Tabor Villa with his parents. Scholastic Success.—Miss Mary Francis, of Gianhelig, received intimation last week of her success at the examination for pupil teacher's certificate held at Haverfordwest on May 14th last. Her next step will be the King's scholarships, which is within her grasp under ordinary conditions, for Miss Francis is an apt pupil. We congratulate her and wish her further successes. Regatta Committee.—There is every pros- pect of the popular annual regatta and flower show being among the chief attractions of North Pembrokeshire this season, and that Dinas will maintain her honourable reputation for strenuous and harmonious effort, which leads to success no one will doubt. Nay, it would not be in keeping with the Christian feeling and peace-loving traditions of the place were it to turn out otherwise. As a community they believe implicitly anl live up to the well known lipes by Dr Watts—" Let luve through all your actions run and all your words be mild, &3." Should a little rift aiise it is but transitory, while the reunion is like sunshine after rain. This is in accord with the gentle principles of Puritanism, handed dovn from the venerables past and living. Dioas may feel proud of the few silver-haired veterans still among them to council and to guide those who are des ined to uphold the virtue of their parents in th3 generations yet to COll1. In the woids of Longfellow Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And departing leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time— Footprints that perhaps another Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and ship-wrecked brother Seeing, may take heart again. Often, in public matters of the kind,slight mis- understandings crop up, wbijh give ihe to expressions and suspicions altogether un- founded, and too uiteily weak to require more than a passing thought All that is required is the determination to pull together iu order that success shall crown the efforts of those who give time and labour in the cause of providiag a day or two of pure en- joyment to one and all, and further that the sous and daughters of Dinas, living in far off lands, where these lines and all that is record- ed of Dinas and North Pembrokeshire gener- ally are read, imy feel proud of belonging to the pleasant rural spot. A good and favour- ourable report of a place enhances its worth, not enly in the eyes of the people connected with it, but also with those who have heard of North Pembrokeshire, however slight the acquaiutance may I e. — To the meeting, which was held 01 Monday evening last at the Scboohoom under the geniil chairman- ship of Mr James Raymond, who, although busy, like many other agriculturists, in the hay field from very early morning, found time to attend the meeting, because, as he said, of the warm interest he felt ia t e exbi bition. With Mr Raymond was Mr Devi Hirries, another indefatigable worker for the annual evint, the outcome of unselfish interest, which ought to prompt all who take pait in promoting institutions of a public character.—The Chairman expressed regret that so few sea-faring men were preseut, and that Cwmyreglwys was unrepresented. Persouallyj he would not have attended him- self for the reatti only, for he knew so little of the sea, but hiskuow ledue of horticulture was wiler, and he sincerely hoped they would have a grand show and sports this year at Pwllgwaeloj-no doubt the finest spot in the county for such a purpose,—Afcer so ne discussion Mr D. Thomas, Smitbfield, propos- ed the regatta and exhibition be held on two separate days, and that the show aud sro t, be at Pwllgwaelod, and regatta at C vm rjg- Iwys, provided the people were in favour, but it appeared to him somewhat evi lent, that very little interest was evinced in the event, considering what it meant to the place as a whole, or more would have been present that evening.—Mr Tom Maurice (son of the Rev J. W. Maurice), seconded, Capt Evans, Cambrian Terrace, and Mr Thomas Lewis, supporting, and it was carried unanimously. —Mr Dewi Harries proposed and Mr D. Laugharne Davies seconded that they appoint two working sub-committees that evening, one for the regatta and the other for show and the sports. This having been passed the following committees were appointed — Regatta Capts Harries, J.P, Evans, Rjse- wali; Evans, Cambriau Terrace; B Williams Messrs T J Llewellyn, D L Davies, Gwilym James, Tom Maurice, and D Thomas, the committee to meet at Cwmyreglwys on Fri- day evening to make arrangements and fix date, and consider tide to suit the regatta, and to receive entries for sailing boats, Sports and show committee Messrs James Raymond (chairman), \V James Raymond, T C Bennett, Dewi Harris, D Jones, Tyrhos T Lewis, D Thomas, and D Harries (late Wern. dew). It was resolved that the regatta be held during the second week of August, and the sports and show the third week in August; a grand concert to be held on the evening of the regatta at the Schoolroom. A meeting will be held at the Schoolroom next Monday night, chair to be taken at 8 sharp by Mr James Raymond. The committee appointed to visit Cwmyreglwys wiil report at this meeting Of their visit and result. All are cordially invited to attend.—In connection with the exhibition it should be mentioned, in the interests uf probable competitors, that Mr D Thomas, Smithfield, will not enter any of his successful Letterstou exhibits at the Dinas show for competition so that other local growers will have a fair chance of success. This is very considerate of Mr Thomas, and his kindly action should encour age others to compete. There will be prizes for all sorts of articles for the making of which the inhabitants are famed. The children of Dinas are also very apt at map. drawing and other useful subjects so that an opportunity is here presented for showing what they can do. It only requires everyone to pull together, however weak may be the effort, and the event of 1901 will stand out as one of the most enjoyable of any that have preceded. No eudeavour is in vain if the object, as in this instance, be a worthy one. Forbearance and tact on the part of the leading inhabitants will go far towards achieving the objective. "La Porte" Disaster. -0 lpt Raymond, Maesteg House, Dinas, second officer of the s s. La Porte" arrived at Southampton on Saturday morning last on the Union liner Kenelworth Castle." It seems that his ship stranded on the Island of Cuba on the previous voyage and was repaired at Cardiff before loading on the last occasion During the voyage to the Cape the vessel sprang a leak in the heavy weather and shipped large quantities of water. At first the captain did not think there was any danger, but eventually water poured in so fast that the pumps could not cope with the inrush. When the result was inevitable the officers and crew put off in two lifeboats, the captain taking charge of one and the chief mate being in command of the other. The captain's lifeboat was dashed against the steamer's side by the waves as it was being pusheu off, and the small craft was so badly injured that it shipped water. For five days and rights the occupants were at sea, and in order to keep the boat afloat they had to keep on baling out without a moment's respite, and in spite of these effjrts the craft always con- tained water. At last Possession Island was safely reached, and at that time they were utterly exhausted. Their feet had swollen I I to au enormous siz3, so that they were quite unable to walk for a time, and one had to be treated in the hospital. At the court of inquiry into the loss of the steamer, held at Cape Town, the captain was exonerated from all blame Capt Hill in charge of the boat in which was, among others, Mr Raymond reached the coast of Africa. They did not land, however, as the beach was mere waste, but proceeded along the coast for 150 miles, eventually reached an island, from which they crossed to the German settlement of Agrapequna. This was the base of the German expedition, and the crew encountered many German troops. Eventually they reached Cape Town, and were sent home on the Cape liner. The men were extremely weak upon arrival, ard several bad to spend several days in hospital. During the whole tim-, they went in the boat, nearly five days, the crew lived upon sodden biscuit and two mouth'uls of water daily. In an interview which the representative of this paper had with Capt Raymond on Tuesday last at his home at Dinas, the foregoing facts were for the most part confirmed. Notwithstanding the perilous voyage and the hardships endured Capt Raymond, since his return home on Sun- day morning last, has overcome all traces of outrageous fortune," as Shakespeare puts it; and appeared quite cheerful and in the best of health. He told the story of the discovery of the leak in the ship-he was asleep at the time—of the taking to the boats how the one in which he was fouled the doomed vessel and opened one of the planks at the bottom. One of the most touching episodes in connection wit the wreck was that of having to abandon what in reality formed the floating home of the twenty or more hands. They took to the two small boats at noon, and an hour after- wards, in the broad light of day, were silent spectators of a scene, that of watching the big vessel, with a cargo of 4,000 tons of coal, besides engines, boilers and its machinery, gradually settle and then, stern first, swoop down into the mighty deep like a thing alive. Thus they were left to the mercy of the waves and all kinds of weather. It is now past his- tory how the boats became separated during the first night, but it is not generally known that, although the first mate's boat reported the disaster some days previous to the cap- tain's boat being heard of, the latter reached land sometime before the mate's boat which, however, was more fortunate in coming into touch with a ship at anchor at Port Nolloth. The captain's leaky craft was only five days before it reached Possession Islands, several miles from the Guano Islands. Several picture post cards of these islands give some idea of the places. The mate's boat was seven days wandering about. Only five white men (Swedes) and some families of blacks were found on Possession Islands where the shipwrecked men remained for one day and then, accompanied by the Governor, they headed under sail, for Angra Pequena Island, -5 miles distant. At this place the German mail steamer "Gruas Vorn Boni" called. Here they were received with kindness, but had to remain six days for the steamer named, and which took them on to Cape Town. On their way they called at Port Nolloth, and communicated with the owners. Near this port they came into touch with the tug, which the chief mate of La Porte had sent to search for the boat. Two days later they reached Cape Town where the inquiry was held into the loss of La Porte," and the captain exonerated from all blame. One of the most trying features in connection with the experience was that the boat of Capt Hill was leaking so badly that they had to bale the water out continually and the cold and inac- tivity caused their legs to swell all the bis- cuits were spoiled by the sea water but a bit of tobacco enabled them to bear the voyage better. Rumours of a very disquieting nature and calculated to unnerve any wife were circu- lated at Dinas, but Mrs Raymond bravely awaitel informat'on from the owners, who gave some assurance of the safety of Capt Raymond. Everyone was glad to see the Dinas "boy" home again, safe and sound, naturally, no one more so than Mrs Raymond. Try our streaky, pea-fed breakfast bacon always reliable.—Fishguard Supply Stores. I

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